Dental Hygiene


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Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Program

A dental hygienist is a licensed health care professional. Dental hygiene is the science and practice of the recognition, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases. Graduates of the Dental Hygiene Program are eligible to work in any number of health care settings such as private dental offices, schools, and nursing homes. Learn more by following the links below, or check out the Dental Hygiene FAQ.

The Dental Hygiene Program at Austin Community College meets college, state and national requirements. At the national level, the accrediting body is the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education and its scope encompasses dental programs, advanced dental programs, and allied dental education like dental hygiene. The Program in Dental Hygiene has been granted the accreditation status of approval (without reporting requirements) by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The CODA will accept comments and complaints about our Program. The Commission will consider only formal, written, signed complaints, unsigned complaints will be considered “anonymous complaints”, oral complaints will not be considered. Anonymous comments/complaints may be received at any time and will be added to the respective program’s file for evaluation during the program’s next scheduled accreditation site visit. The next program site visit by the Commission is scheduled to occur in 2026. An appropriate complaint is one that directly addresses a program’s compliance with the Commission’s standards, policies and procedures.

You may contact the Commission at: Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, (800) 621-8099,  www.ada.org/en/coda

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Dental Hygiene Updates

  • Adopt a pet cared for by ACC vet tech students

    Austin Community College is working with area animal shelters to find forever homes for pets who were trained and cared for by students in the Veterinary Technology Program. Click here to read the story at the ACC Newsroom.

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  • Admissions selection criteria has changed.

    The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is now required for program admission. Two exam attempts per calendar year are allowed. We will accept the higher of the two composite scores. No minimum score is required. Please review the Application Process page for more details.

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  • ACC awarded $30,000 grant to help students pay for unexpected expenses

    Austin Community College was awarded a $30,000 Project Success: Emergency Fund Grant to help students who are facing unforeseen financial needs continue on their educational pathways. Click here to read the story at the ACC Newsroom.

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